Sherbet Cup

Pavel Ovchinnikov (Russian, 1830 - 1888)1891-1896

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

The cup's interior is divided into nine arched panels, each containing a blossom with an inner row of red petals and an outer row of pink petals, a blue stem, and green foliage over a pale blue surface, all in plique-à-jour enamel. Bordering the upper edge is a row of opaque green circles and extending along its base are rows of red circles and pale green drops, also in plique-a-jour. In the center of the bowl is a rosette in opaque, turquoise filigree enamel.
The foot, which is also in opaque filigree enamel, introduces several additional colors: the inner border is composed of deep blue lozenges with white dots, followed by a band of blossoms in white and blue separated by pale blue trefoil shapes raised over a stippled ground. Bordering the foot is a row of circles in medium blue.


  • Title: Sherbet Cup
  • Creator: Pavel Ovchinnikov (Russian, 1830 - 1888)
  • Date Created: 1891-1896
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: Pavel Ovchinnikov (Russian, 1830 - 1888)
  • Provenance: Jean M. Riddell, Washington, D.C. [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 2010, by bequest.
  • Object Type: cups
  • Medium: silver gilding, plique-à-jour and filigree enamel
  • Inscriptions: [Marks] On base in Cyrillic: P. Ovchinnikov with Imperial warrant; [Symbols] 88, St. George left, AA (for Artsibashev Anatoli Appollonovich (2125), Moscow assay master)
  • Dimensions: H: 3 15/16 x Diam of cup: 3 3/8 in. (10 x 8.6 cm); Diam at base: 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Jean M. Riddell, 2010
  • Classification: Enamels
  • Accession Number: 44.746

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